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History department establishes new graduate pin tradition as part of Canada 150 projects

May 4th, 2017
L-r, StFX history professors Chris Frazer, Laurie Stanley-Blackwell and Barry MacKenzie. 

As one of its Canada 150 projects, the StFX Department of History plans to establish a new tradition. This year, for the first time, history graduates will be awarded a special pin symbolic of their dedication to the study of history. 

The pin’s design is based on a collar badge that was issued to members of the Canadian Officers’ Training Corp, which existed at St. Francis Xavier University during the First and Second World Wars.  The round copper pin, with an antiqued bronze finish, will feature the word “History” while incorporating the university’s name, coat of arms and Latin motto, which appeared on the original version. 

StFX history professor Dr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell notes that, “It seemed highly appropriate for us, as historians, to look to StFX’s past for inspiration for our pin.” 

Professor Barry MacKenzie, who is himself a StFX history graduate, adds, “The History Department hopes that their students will proudly wear this pin as a badge of their StFX history experience.” 

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